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Truth, like love, isn’t always obvious.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby Brooks has never had a boyfriend. After moving to small-town La Luna, New Mexico following her mother’s untimely death, boys aren’t even on her radar. Ruby just wants to forget the last horrible year and blend in. But when she discovers an ancient pueblo ruin in the forest behind her house, and meets Ezra, a
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Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published August 26th 2019 by Bad Apple Books
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Ashli Auguillard
5 stars for sure!!! This book took me through so many emotions and although I've never been to New Mexico, there was a sense of familiarity that increased with each page. I connected immediately to Ruby. Her disposition upon entering a new town, her way of using sketches for self expression, and her CURIOSITY above all took me back to teenage ME. Love presenting itself in strange forms in the most inopportune times. Never knowing which one to pick, and the options always being SO different that ...more
Katrina
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good quality book. Pleasant to hold in hands. Nice cover and engaging content. I finished the book in a couple of days.
It’s the story of Ruby Brooks, who moves with her aunt to New Mexico after her mother’s death. She is nearly 18 and, being the new girl in town (who also happens to be beautiful and witty), soon becomes the center of attention. Her new girlfriends at school are friendly and helpful Racine, wannabe actress Ashley and bitter Marta. Ruby has many suitors, but who will she cho
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M.S.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A meticulously unfolded, compelling, and all-engrossing paranormal coming-of-age romance

Ruby Brooks has been through a lot in her short nearly-eighteen years of life. Her mother wasn’t all that present so she was mostly raised by her aunt; and then completely after her mother apparently committed suicide. To give them both a fresh start, her aunt moves them from Los Angeles to the small town of La Luna, New Mexico. Ruby is instantly the hottest commodity in the tiny, gossip-prone town.

Despite
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T.M. Smith
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing and suspenseful, Between Wild & Ruin kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed the pace of the story, steady with some intense moments and lovely twist. The writing was stellar, the descriptives allowing me to create a complete picture in my mind, the characters are genuine and flawed, definitely three dimensional and not wooden or fake. Ruby is stubborn yet loyal and kind hearted leading lady which is really refreshing. I have to agree with the other reviews I've seen, thi ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
5 CRANKY STARS


This is a well written story that is a little different. At first, I thought it would be reminiscent of the “Outlander” novels, but it really isn’t. The storyline is set in today’s New Mexico which is the perfect setting for things otherworldly. Our characters are completely understandable and sympathetic. Thus, my 5-star review. I couldn’t put it down once I got started.
5 CRANKY STARS


This is a well written story that is a little different. At first, I thought it would be reminiscent of the “Outlander” novels, but it really isn’t. The storyline is set in today’s New Mexico which is the perfect setting for things otherworldly. Our characters are completely understandable and sympathetic. Thus, my 5-star review. I couldn’t put it down once I got started.


Our heroine, Ruby, has moved to La Luna, New Mexico with her Aunt Liddy. Of course, she is a senior in high school and not too happy to be in the middle of no where for her senior year. The first person she meets is a rude young man with a scarred face and a huge chip on his shoulder. His name is Ezra and he is a local descended from a long line of native Indians. Of course, because of his face, he doesn’t trust anyone in town. But Ruby is good hearted and only sees good in people, so she tries to befriend him and show him that looks aren’t everything. To complicate things, Ruby likes to hike in the mountains where she meets a mysterious handsome young man named Leo.


This is where the folklore of the area and the superstitions come into effect. Strange things happen in the town and when the assistant sheriff falls for Ruby, it becomes even more dangerous for her. Who will she choose, and will she solve the mystery of the ruin? You’ll have to read the book to get the answers
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Angel Leya
I was intrigued when I first saw the description and had a feeling it would be a great story. It was so much better than great.

The mysteries drag you through each page, begging you to learn more, to understand the world that Ruby is suddenly thrust into. There's so much more going on beneath the surface, and there was one twist, in particular, that I totally didn't see coming.

The story itself is reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast, while the atmosphere feels distinctly Tw
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Tamar
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book that is a terrific young adult contemporary/romance/paranormal story, but is so much more. I am well beyond my young adult years and could not put Between Wild and Ruin down. The story focuses on Ruby, a young woman who loses her mother and relocates with her aunt from bustling Los Angeles to small town New Mexico. There she makes friends, including a mysterious young man she’s attracted to against her better judgment, and learns that the legends of New Mexico are more re ...more
Julia DeBarrioz
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Is it possible for a book to make you feel homesick for a place that has never actually been your home?

I loved this! It was filled with teenage drama (I'm looking at you, Las Gallinas) and a unique paranormal take on New Mexico folklore. Without spoiling anything I liked the way Ms. Edelson drew out the mystery, she had me on the edge of my seat and now I NEED to know what happens in book 2!

I don't usually like books that remind me what it was like to be in love as a teenager. That
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Sandra
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